Not everyone needs a dedicated server. We understand that. But a shared host might not be best for you either. That’s when you might need a virtual private server, or VPS.

But how do you know when?

First, let’s define what the virtual private server is. It’s a type of hardware, the server, that operates on another host’s or server’s operating system. In a word, the computer itself uses the operating system of another computer and shares resources, sometimes with other VPS systems, by “piggybacking” off of them and running them on its own server hardware.

It’s a great way to save on resources and your budget when a full dedicated server isn’t necessary but when you’ve outgrown the need for a shared server or a startup hosting plan.